Metropolitan University (Venezuela)

By | December 25, 2021

Metropolitan University (UMET) is a private Venezuelan institution of higher education, secular.


The Metropolitan University was established as the secondary campus of the former Puerto Rico Junior College in 1969. In 1980 it gained autonomy under the name Metropolitan University College (CUM) and in 1985 it received authorization from the Council of Higher Education and the Middle State Association to change its name to Metropolitan University (UMET). In 1982 he established the Jayuya University Center. In 1988 the first master’s programs in Education and Business Administration were offered.

In the late 1980s, the institution revised its mission and prioritized environmental issues as an area of ​​institutional expertise. In 1990, the Environmental Education Institute (INEDA) was created and in 1993 the Caribbean Environmental Information Center (CIAC). The School of Environmental Affairs was established in 1996 and has since graduated environmental managers and educators in Puerto Rico.

In the mid-1990s, the School of Professional Technical Certificates, the School of Professional Studies (AHORA Program) were established and the use of Distance Education and Interactive Television (ITS) programs began. These educational strategies were established to offer educational services to non-traditional and adult populations. In 1995, the National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized UMET, among 6 other institutions in the United States and the only one in Puerto Rico, as a Model Institution of Excellence in the area of ​​science. In 1998 the Aguadilla University Center was established.

In 2000, it became a leading undergraduate research institution. In 2002, the Bayamón University Center was established. That same year, UMET received accreditation from the Middle States Association. In 2003 , it expanded its offerings outside of Puerto Rico by establishing a Center in Orlando, Florida (Metro Orlando Campus). In 2004 he established a Center in South Florida (South Florida Campus). In 2005 he began to offer the Doctorate in Education (EdD) and in 2006 the Doctorate in Philosophy with a specialty in Teaching (PhD), unique in Puerto Rico. This same year, UMET was recognized by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) as the best university that teaches entrepreneurship.


The Metropolitan University (UMET) is a private, non-sectarian, non-profit institution of higher education with a diverse academic offering of certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The institution is distinguished by its local and global relevance in academic programs by providing its students and faculty with local and international educational opportunities. The curriculum is continually updated in harmony with changes in technology, the economy, the job market, demographic changes, and the challenges and opportunities posed by globalization.

The mission of UMET is to provide its students with an environment of academic freedom and intellectual challenge that allows them to develop high ethical and cultural values, a reflective attitude, intellectual curiosity, linguistic and technological skills, and the professional and personal skills necessary to facilitate successful employment. of its graduates. The educational experience is supported by cutting-edge technologies applied to teaching, learning and the assessment of its processes. The commitment to the quality of teaching, scientific research at the undergraduate and graduate levels, internship opportunities in and outside Puerto Rico, the exchange of students and faculty with institutions of international prestige and service to the community are distinctive aspects of our institutional work.

UMET has a flexible admission policy with various study options and a range of curricular modalities whose purpose is to make quality higher education accessible to all sectors of the population on the main campus and in its university centers, supported by a teaching body highly trained and committed to a chair of excellence. Academic and student support services are offered in an integrated manner and are aimed at facilitating the achievement of students’ academic goals and their social and cultural development. UMET recognizes its responsibility to provide classroom and distance education services in its university centers to expand higher education options in Puerto Rico.

UMET is a learning community that responds with agility to the needs and interests of its students, faculty and administrative staff, nestled in adequate, safe and attractive facilities. It is characterized by teamwork, a deep sense of belonging among the various groups that make it up, and a commitment to the professional and personal development of its human resources. It recognizes that learning is a lifelong process and values ​​adult education as one of its great contributions to non-traditional higher education.

The UMET promotes the individual and collective commitment of its members to excellence in all facets of university work; in an environment of great intellectual challenge with ample opportunities for the development of talent and human potential.


Position itself as a university community that constantly evaluates and responds to social, economic and political changes that affect the development of its students.

  • To be recognized for her commitment to environmental issues and for her leadership in science and technology.
  • To be recognized as a cutting-edge institution in technological education through the use of telecommunications and distance education.
  • To be recognized as the leading institution in undergraduate research in Puerto Rico.

Faculty by Schools

  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of education
  • School Science Technology
  • School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Communications
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Environmental Affairs

University centers

  • Aguadilla University Center
  • Jayuya University Center
  • Bayamón University Center
  • Regional University Occupational Project (PROU) – Comerio

University campus

The institution has spacious and comfortable facilities that facilitate the development of academic activities:

  • Learning environment
  • Four classroom modules
    • CORIMON Laboratories Building
    • Eugenio Mendoza Goiticoa Building
    • Center for Extension, Executive Development and Organizational Consulting (CENDECO)
    • Pedro Grases Library
    • Arturo Uslar Pietri Center for Latin American Studies (CELAUP)
    • UNIMET Exhibition Hall
  • Auditoriums
    • Francesca Pensieri Auditorium
    • Polar Foundation Auditorium
    • Manoa Auditorium
  • Sports fields

The university has fields for soccer, baseball, kickingball, tennis, futsal and sand volleyball, as well as an athletics track.

  • Wireless connection

The academic area has a wireless internet connection in more than 80% of its extension.

  • Medical services
  • Religious services
  • Chapel San Miguel Arcángel
  • Coffee shops

Currently, the university has three cafeterias and a fast food fair.

  • Parking lots

Five parking lots with permanent surveillance.

  • Collective transport

Social and Cultural Activities

  • Musical performances
  • Plays
  • Handicraft Fairs

Metropolitan University (Venezuela)